An Updated Look at EV Battery Charging Locations in California
After a slow start, the American electric vehicle boom is getting underway, and with that comes an urgent need for infrastructure. Nowhere is this challenge more acute than in California, where there are far more electric vehicles per capita than in any other state. So how is the Golden State doing regarding battery charging locations? Is it keeping up with demand, and what does the future hold?
The Changing Landscape of Battery Charging Locations in California
With California planning to outlaw gas-guzzling vehicles in a little over a decade, there is plenty of anxiety at the DOT. Still, while Tesla has put a lot of effort into its own supercharger network, other companies are now stepping up to the plate in California.
Companies like Electrify America, EVgo, and Charge Point lead the assault. Electrify America is addressing the challenge with more than 35 MW of battery storage capability at 150 stations. The company opened 89 new stations during the first half of 2022 in California and even launched a rural facility with its own giant lithium-ion battery.
Recent Updates to Battery Charging Locations in California
The West Coast Electric Highway offers a network of DC fast charging stations. They’ve placed them every 25 to 50 miles along California’s main north-south interstate and other major roadways. A San Francisco start-up, TeraWatt, is developing a network of EV charging centers for heavy and medium-duty trucks along Interstate 10.
Consumers with range anxiety who want to plan ahead before they set out can always turn to Charge Hub. This handy charging station databaseshows the location of all these stations, broken down by town or city.
What Can You Expect in 2023?
At the federal level, the administration has now rolled out a $5 billion plan to fund EV chargers. Known as the Biden–Harris electric vehicle charging action plan, this program aims to introduce more than 500,000 chargers across the country. California will receive $384 million over five years to help with in-state expansion. The state can also apply for some of the $2.5 billion in grant funding to help achieve the same objective.
And don’t forget, you can always install a charging system at home. If you buy a new VF8 or VF9 model from VinFast, one of the newest and most exciting EV manufacturers to hit American shores, you can choose a complimentary Level 2 charging system. Drive by VinFast to learn more.
Do you live in California and worry about finding a place to charge your EV? Where would you like to see some additional stations? Let us know in the comments sections below.
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